Guided Tours

Visitors on a ranger-led streetscape tour walk by Little Rock Central High School.
A streetscape program is a guided, walking interpretive activity that shares the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation, education and civil rights. Streetscape programs do not have access into Little Rock Central High School. 

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The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site visitor center has reopened to the public with limited public access available inside the visitor center, exhibits, restrooms, and Jefferson National Parks Association bookstore.


Information on Free Ranger-Led Interpretive Programs at Little Rock Central High School NHS

  • Ranger-led interpretive programs at Little Rock Central High School NHS can be reserved only between Tuesday - Saturday when available and only at 1:00 PM CST/CDT; programs do not include access inside Little Rock Central High School. For visitor planning purposes, below is a list of dates when programs are either fully booked or not available due to other scheduled events.
  • Ranger-led interpretive programs are by confirmed reservation only and must be reserved in advance. For the best possible availability, we recommend calling to request reservations at minimum 2 months or more in advance as we do not provide ranger-led interpretive programs without a confirmed reservation.
  • Ranger-led interpretive programs typically have a set limit of participants (50 for this program); groups wanting to bring more than 50 visitors must contact the park in advance at (501) 374-1957 to see if an accommodation can be made.
  • Ranger-led interpretive programs start at the Visitor Center located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive; the Visitor Center offers free parking and can accommodate cars, buses and RVs. Ranger-led interpretive programs involve crossing two streets at an intersection to reach Little Rock Central High School. Paved crosswalks and sidewalks connect the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School and are accessible. A program may involve several periods of time outdoors in various temperatures; in the event of inclement weather, a program may either be modified to stay inside the visitor center or shortened in duration.
  • These walking interpretive programs go from the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School and share the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation, education and this moment in the civil rights movement. The route of the program may go onto the grounds of Little Rock Central High School, the grounds of the Magnolia Mobil Station, into the Commemorative Garden and/or to the Elizabeth Eckford Bus Bench, all of which are accessible. The landing at the main entrance to Little Rock Central High School is not accessible.
  • We strongly recommend that you bring water or a fillable water bottle on this program. While there are both water fountains for your use and reusable water bottles for sale inside the visitor center, we do not sell bottled water or other beverages here onsite. Sunscreen, an umbrella and an outdoor sun hat are other items we recommend you bring and use outdoors on a sunny Arkansas afternoon; fall and winter afternoons can be windy or a little chilly, so we suggest clothing layers to keep you comfortable indoors and outdoors during this program.
  • Please note - these ranger-led interpretive programs are not focused on Little Rock Central High School and its architecture.
  • If a program is full or reservations are unavailable, we recommend using our accessible self-guided walking program with accompanying audio and a transcript for your use - a presentation researched, scripted, and recorded by students in the Central High Memory Project. The content follows the footsteps and narrates eyewitness accounts of the unsuccessful first attempt by ten African American students (September 4, 1957) to attend classes during the historic desegregation crisis at Central High School.
    • The program includes maps, a timeline of the crisis, full written transcripts of the content narration and more. Note - this content is available free on the National Park Service Mobile App on Google Play and iOS devices.

To reserve your space on a ranger-led interpretive program, follow all these steps:

  1. Call 501-374-1957, the main phone number for the National Historic Site.

  2. When reserving a program, please be prepared to provide the following information or be sure to leave this in your voicemail message:

  • Date interested in a ranger-led interpretive program; if you leave a message, be sure to give a specific date, e.g., not "tomorrow" or "Friday" or "next Monday"
    • Currently, programs are offered Tuesday through Saturday when available; check below for dates when these programs are offered
  • Name for the individual or group - this will be our point of contact
  • A phone number - preferably a cell phone you will have on the day of the program

  • Number of people you want to attend the program

  • An email address that you check - we will send a confirmation email to this address

  • Any accessibility accomodations or special requests we can provide on this program

We will reserve and confirm the date, time, phone number and other relevant details with an emailed confirmation.




Note - This list of dates below will designate whether dates/space are available OR where reservations are already at capacity; we will update this and provide AVAILABLE updates for the current and following month in 2024.

  • No Sunday and Monday interpretive programs in 2024 until further notice; the visitor center is open and programs are available to be reserved from Tuesday to Saturday, when available.
  • Updated as of Monday, February 26, 2024

2024

February 2024 - LIMITED VACANCIES ON THESE AVAILABLE DATES

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 1:00 p.m. CST


March 2024 - LIMITED VACANCIES ONLY ON THESE AVAILABLE DATES

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, March 23, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, March 29, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, March 30, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST

April 2024 - LIMITED VACANCIES ONLY ON THESE AVAILABLE DATES

  • Friday, April 5, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST


May 2024 - LIMITED VACANCIES ONLY ON THESE AVAILABLE DATES

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024- - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, May 10, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, May 24, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, May 31, 2024 - - 1:00 p.m. CST


* Note - Additional dates without ranger-led interpretive programs will be added in 2024.


Last updated: February 26, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Little Rock Central High School NHS
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202-5212

Phone:

501.374.1957

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